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on 1 January 2016
'Doughty' - The original book beloved by T.E.Lawrence is a tome in two volumes. This edition - with a lengthy introduction by Lawrence - and favourably recommended by explorer Wilfred Thesiger - is a carefully condensed edition from the original with the addition of many B/W photographs by other well known Middle East persons. Charles Doughty has an original writing style that is best read slowly in order to get the full juicy flavour. That is my opinion. I felt that i got to know the Arabs that he describes - to whom he was dependant for his very existence. His physical endurance and tollerance of hardships enforced on him because he refused to become a Muslem was remarkable. He was a Doctor and dispensed medicines freely whenever requested. He writes about the arab communities and his relationships with them on his journey with openess and candour. Anyone who wishes to live or work in Middle East Countries will benefit from reading this book. The communities and how they behave are so well described. Attitudes behaviour and customs are probably the same today. Recommended
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on 17 September 2015
This story of two years wandering in Arabia 1876-78 has been described as one of the greatest of all travel books. The narative is compact and requires careful reading. A comparison with Chaucer's Canterbuty Tales came to my mind. The author Charles M Doughty has a similar perception and descriptive powers to portray in words the strengths and frailties of humanity. This is the essence of the story. He portrays the persons - the Bedouin - the villagers - his guides - Emirs. He brings them to life. We understand them.
The people are recognisable around us today. There is a freshness to this adventure that is not locked in the past. We gain a greater understanding of Arabians from this story. The World of today is a Global Village. In our everyday lives we meet people of all Races and Religions. It is thereful helpful to understand and know something about them - their beliefs - their native environments - and their characters.
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on 12 December 2015
A lovely book, exactly as described. Perfect service, thank you.
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on 5 December 2012
WRitten when explorers were the first there and the subject was fresh and new. Just what you would expect of the time and place.
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